Our boards boot a standard Debian installation which provides a large amount of software that you can install with relatively little effort. See the Debian page for more general information on installing/removing software, and further documentation.
For this series we provide Debian Etch and Debian Lenny. Further Debian releases have switched to EABI binaries (see EABI vs OABI), so we will not release Debian Squeeze or later for this board. The Cavium CNS2132 CPU supports the calls needed for EABI, but the Debian EABI binaries require thumb support which the Cavium does not support. If you require any specific software to be newer, you will have to manually build a later version.
We provide our distributions separate from the disk images. You can find them on this folder on the ftp. You will need a linux system to extract it:
# Replace the mmcblk0p4 device with the SD card # on your workstation mount /dev/mmcblk0p4 /mnt/sd/ cd /mnt/sd/ tar --numeric-owner -xvf /path/to/debian-lenny-arm-latest.tar.gz cd ../ umount /mnt/sd/
You can download the Debian Etch and Debian Lenny minimal install for x86 from here and install it on a PC or virtual machine to become more familiar with a debian environment.
|Note:||As of March 27th 2012 Debian Lenny has moved to archive. To use apt-get your will need to edit /etc/apt/sources.list to contain only the line "deb http://archive.debian.org/debian lenny main".|